Thursday, February 5, 2009

Obama, Tax Evasion, and Double Standards

Is there one set of rules for Democrats and another for the common fools, Oops, I mean common folks?

Blogs Report, YOU decide.

January 31, 2009 by Mark Whittington

For an administration enamored with raising taxes, the Obama administration is replete with people who don't pay theirs. Treasury Secretary Geithner and Health and Human Services nominee Tom Daschle a
Obama, Tax Evasion, and Double Standards
re examples.

First there was the problem that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner created for himself while working at the International Monetary Fund between 2001 and 2004. Geithner was considered self employed at that time and was thus required to pay taxes for his social security and Medicare which he failed to do. An IRS audit that took place in 2006 uncovered Geithner's nonpayment of self employment taxes for the years 2003 and 2004. Geithner took care of the problem by duly paying the back taxes with interest and penalties. FULL STORY.

Obama appointments erode public trust

President Obama was elected in part due to his outstanding character. He rightly called egregious Wall Street bonuses "shameful." However, the flawed character of two of his appointees call into question his judgment of people.

Timothy Geithner and Tom Daschle had serious unpaid taxes until just before their names were submitted, respectively, for secretary of the treasury and secretary of health and human services. Then their past-due taxes were paid, apparently with no serious consequences. FULL STORY.

Obama Administration Tax Dodgers: Is Solis Up to the Standard?

By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

The husband of labor secretary-designate Hilda Solis recently had to pay $6,400 to settle tax liens. This raises a grave question in my mind about the Solis nomination: Only $6,400? I'm really not sure that meets the standard that Obama nominees like Timothy Geithner ($34,000) and Tom Daschle ($128,000) set. Sure, Nancy Killefer's tax lien was under $1,000, but she was a subcabinet nominee. I suppose, though, that working-class tax dodgers do deserve representation in the cabinet as well ... FULL STORY.

No Robert Schiesinger, you know full well that those who are, as you call them, working class, don't get any help from tax dodging Democrats.

Obama said "I think I screwed up" over the Daschle nomination by sending a signal that powerful people could fail to pay taxes without serious consequences while ordinary people could not.

Michigan man gets 6 years for tax evasion, fraud

2/5/2009, 2:13 p.m. EST
The Associated Press
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Muskegon-area man who gave seminars on how to avoid paying taxes has been sentenced to six years in federal prison on four counts of tax evasion and a bankruptcy-fraud charge.

Daniel Benham of Twin Lake was sentenced Wednesday in a federal courtroom in Grand Rapids. FULL STORY.

Tax-avoidance advocate gets 6 years in prison

by John S. Hausman | The Muskegon Chronicle
Friday February 06, 2009, 9:08 AM

TWIN LAKE — A Muskegon County man who gave seminars on how to avoid paying taxes has been sentenced to six years in federal prison for tax evasion and bankruptcy fraud.

On Oct. 17, a federal jury in Grand Rapids convicted 38-year-old Daniel Doyle Benham of Twin Lake of four counts of tax evasion and one count of bankruptcy fraud.

U.S. District Judge Robert J. Jonker on Wednesday gave Benham four concurrent five-year sentences for tax convictions plus a consecutive year for the fake bankruptcy. FULL STORY.

Now let me see, 4, yup, 4 of Obama's Tax and Spend appointment's have IRS problems and not one of them will ever see prison. Do we have a double standard? You decide.

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